Letters to Editor

This category will hold letters to the editor, as requested by at least one Beat reader. This editor agrees that letters to the editor should be separate from editorials. Letters to the editor may not reflect the opinions of the editor.

Dear Editor:

In the past week or two, the NM Democrat Senators have conducted secret meetings. Only people who they considered stakeholders in the M. H. Dutch Salmon Greater Gila Wild and Scenic River Act Amendment were invited. However, we are all stakeholders (entities who will be affected by this issue), so a number of us invited ourselves to the Wednesday, February 26 meeting at WNMU Miller Library. The amendment focuses on the Gila and San Francisco rivers, but also includes the Mimbres River and Las Animas Creek. The Mimbres River and Las Animas Creek are on the other side of the Continental Divide from the Gila and San Francisco rivers. Portions of them are included on maps showing designated sections. Las Animas Creek flows east towards TorC in Sierra County. Strictly speaking, none of these rivers is navigable. Also, those river segments which occur in Wilderness areas are already protected from degradation. The Middle Box of the Gila in the Burro Mountains is also included as a designated segment. This is where the Freeport McMoRan Gila diversion is located.

Letter to the Editor:

I see where the Silver City Town Council passed a new traffic ordinance making the blocking of a curb-cut which allows handicapped persons access to the sidewalk unlawful, in addition to the blocking of a handicapped parking space, which was already illegal. It seems this blocking action was aimed at, principally, delivery trucks in downtown, where one councilor complained a placard-displaying driver was blocked in and prevented from leaving, and when the delivery truck driver was asked to move to move he refused, saying he was making a delivery.

Please Mr. President, consider helping us rural residents of the State of New Mexico to STOP the designation of our local rivers and streams (The San Francisco and Gila rivers and their water sheds) as Wild and Scenic Rivers.

Local environmental groups and our senators Martin Heinrich and Thomas Udall have initiated the process to start this designation without any input from us local land owners who would be directly affected by this designation.

Dear Editor - - - In this season of great blessing, as I gaze at the photos of my friends and loved ones that have passed, I feel a deep wondering that feels like "What If?"

What if, in the One Great Love, our caring for each other reaches beyond time. What if right now, in this moment, I can feel all the love and hope my parents, grandparents and friends poured into me. What if I can feel it not just in memory but in actuality. It is engulfing me right now. Their prayers are not frozen in time but live on, in and through that Great Love. So that in this precious moment that is now, I am still receiving all that has passed?

Dear editor,

I feel it’s important to speak out against comments made by former Western New Mexico University coach and dean Jim Smith, who was the keynote speaker for the university’s graduation ceremony this month. He told a story about finding girls in a boy’s dorm room decades ago and, as a dean at the time, said he lectured the young men about breaking the rules.

I am deeply concerned about the keynote speech given at the recent commencement ceremony at Western New Mexico University. Part of the speech referenced a story in which a student described a sexual assault. The story was—believe it or not—intended to be funny. It was not. Indeed, it was outrageous.

At no time, and in no context, is sexual assault a joke.

I would like to put the Immigration Matters column of November 20 in proper perspective. The columnist claims that 100,000 DACA applicants have been arrested. If there are 800,000 DACA applicants, that's 12.5% with a criminal record. If there are 600,000 applicants that would be 16.6%. According to the FBI, 29.5% of the general US population has a criminal record. It seems to me that the DACA applicants are pretty well behaved and should be welcomed.

 John Rokosz

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Tim Matthes
Silver City NM